Little Otter Creek Reservoir Project

Groundbreaking for Caldwell County’s Little Otter Creek Reservoir set for March 19, 2021

The final permits to begin construction on Little Otter Creek Reservoir were issued in late October 2020. Bud Motsinger, Presiding Commissioner of Caldwell County credits the success of this endeavor to the patience and support of the Citizens of Caldwell County and the hard work of present and past Commissioners, as well as elected officials […]

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Construction begins soon on Caldwell County’s Little Otter Creek Reservoir

After approximately 30 years of hard work and persistence, Little Otter Creek Reservoir is becoming a reality. The final permits to begin construction were issued in late October 2020. Bud Motsinger, Presiding Commissioner of Caldwell County credits the success of this endeavor to the patience and support of the Citizens of Caldwell County and the […]

Sam Graves

House passes legislation to improve flood protection, inland waterways & other water resources infrastructure

After negotiations between the House and Senate were completed, the final Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (S. 1811) was approved by the House of Representatives. S. 1811 represents an agreement between House and Senate committees on final WRDA language, based in part on H.R. 7575, which passed the House by voice vote in July […]

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Contractor bidding process to begin this Fall in preparation to construct Little Otter Creek Lake in Caldwell County

A contractor bidding process is to begin this fall to prepare for the construction of a 344-acre multipurpose reservoir in Caldwell County. This comes after all agencies involved approved the Little Otter Creek Lake to move forward to begin construction after nearly 25 years of planning, design, reviews, and permitting. The primary purpose of the […]

Gena Ross Democrat for Congress

Resident of Platte City hopes to become first Democrat to represent far northern Missouri in Congress in 20-years

The Democrat running against U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Tarkio, in northern Missouri battled COVID this year and says a mask mandate early on could have saved lives. Platte City resident Gena Ross won the August Democratic nomination and is facing Graves, a dean of Missouri’s congressional delegation. Ross is an adjunct professor at Baker University […]

Sam Graves

Audio: Congressman Sam Graves visits Trenton, discusses deficit and stimulus legislation

Sixth District Congressman Sam Graves came to Trenton on Monday afternoon to visit with representatives of the regional planning commissions and councils of government. Five areas of northern Missouri were represented at the meeting held at 1104 Main. Graves, a Republican, discussed various issues of a national and regional level including the federal CARES Act […]

Flooded Farm Grain Bins

Audio: Northern Missouri Congressman Sam Graves focusing on flooding and levees

A congressman who represents north Missouri on Capitol Hill warns that northwest Missouri is still suffering from flooding and that there’s a lot of damage to infrastructure. U.S. Rep. Sam Graves traveled from his Atchison County farm to Jefferson City this week to file for re-election to his 11th term. Graves is the longest-serving Republican […]

Josh Hawley

Senator Josh Hawley inquires of FEMA about preparations for upcoming flood season

United States Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri has sent letters to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to ask what is being done to prepare for the upcoming flood season. Hawley asks questions involving transparency in FEMA’s Individual Assistance program, the Corps’s preparations for existing levee breaches, and plans to improve […]

Flood Recovery

Congressional hearing focuses on flood recovery efforts in north Missouri

The House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management hosted a hearing on federal recovery efforts from recent disasters.  During the hearing, House Transportation Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (MO-06) focused on flood recovery efforts across North Missouri, specifically the difficulties facing some Northwest Missouri residents due to an issue with the dates […]

Flooding in northwest Missouri

Disaster aid package that includes resources for Missouri farms and communities passed by Senate

A disaster aid package that includes much-needed resources for Missouri farms and communities impacted by flooding passed the Senate by a vote of 85 to 8. “The flooding in our state has been completely devastating in some areas – from destroyed homes to lost crops to damaged infrastructure,” said Blunt. “Relief is finally one step […]

Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson requests Army Corps of Engineers manage Missouri River for flood control, navigation

Governor Mike Parson has submitted written testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  The committee field hearing in Glenwood, Iowa, will focus on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers river management following devastating flooding in the region. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley will participate. Witnesses will include officials from the Army Corps as well […]